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St Maurice

22 September is the feast of St Maurice and companion martyrs. According to tradition, "Maurice was an officer of the Theban Legion of Emperor Maximian Herculius' army, which was composed of …More
22 September is the feast of St Maurice and companion martyrs. According to tradition, "Maurice was an officer of the Theban Legion of Emperor Maximian Herculius' army, which was composed of Christians from Upper Egypt. He and his fellow legionnaires refused to sacrifice to the gods as ordered by the Emperor to insure victory over rebelling Bagaudae. When they refused to obey repeated orders to do so and withdrew from the army encamped at Octodurum (Martigny) near Lake Geneva to Agaunum (St. Maurice-en-Valais), Maximian had the entire Legion of over six thousand men put to death... Their story was told by St. Eucherius, who became Bishop of Lyons about 434, but scholars doubt that an entire Legion was massacred; but there is no doubt that Maurice and some of his comrades did suffer martyrdom at Agaunum". Statue in the church of the Cordeliers (Franciscans) in Fribourg.

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